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Yaletown Productions Inc.

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Yaletown Productions Inc.

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1981-

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Michael Collier is the common thread relating the creators of this fonds to each other. For a biography of Collier and administrative histories of the film companies represented in this fonds which Collier was involved with (as founder, producer, president, partner) please see descriptions at the respective sousfonds levels: Michael Collier personal records, Tommy Tompkins Wildlife Films, New Horizon Films Ltd, North Wind Films Ltd, Yaletown Productions Inc, Urban Safari Films Inc, Post Digital Inc and Yaletown Entertainment Corp.
Yaletown Productions was incorporated Sept. 10, 1981 by equal shareholders Michael Collier, and Don White. The mandate of Yaletown Productions was to produce quality industrial films. At the time ‘industrial films’ was the common term, in the film industry, for training, promotional, and marketing films for industry and government. For many years Yaletown Productions enjoyed a market with few competitors, during which time Yaletown Productions was the largest producer of Federal Government films in Western Canada.
During its first few years the business moved several times. The first location was at 1080 Mainland St in the Yaletown district of Vancouver; the building was extensively damaged by fire in its first year and Yaletown Productions moved to 1035 Richards St. In 1984 the business expanded to larger premises at 304-990 Homer St. In 1989 Collier purchased a small office building at 1431 Howe St. and moved Yaletown Productions to this location.
Yaletown Productions won several major contracts associated with Expo86. They produced films for the Ministry of Tourism, the BC Pavilion, and the CP Pavilion. Additionally, Yaletown Productions produced commercials for Expo86 which were seen worldwide.
In the late 1980’s, in relation to the availability of portable broadcast quality video cameras, corporate videos became a large source of revenue for Yaletown Productions. Some of the films representative of this work include: "Canada’s Magnificent Snowbirds," and "Rescue at Sea."
In 1989 Collier bought out White to become the sole owner of Yaletown Productions.

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